The words you speak
discount my pain.
How your verbs like to
punch and scream.
There’s never any lapse
in your open mic night of the insane.
Your tone sets the mood of us.
A tainted midnight summer’s
nightmare. The nervy syntax
of careless “oh wells”.
Yet our façade of happiness
refuses to be gutted.
We whore out delusions and dine on the revenue
of lack and long lost luster.
The gods of irony mock our names.
I dress my knife wounds up in lace and garters.
Pop a placebo and call it real.

-Tosha Michelle


98 thoughts on “Semantics

      1. Well, you are very pretty. You know how to carry yourself pretty well. Unfortunately, I don’t know how to do that. So, I admire anyone who can do this that I can’t do. Also, your skin tone and face is pretty aesthetic πŸ™‚

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      2. I’ll let you in on a little secret. I am awkward as hell. Truly , I trip up the stairs. Just be you, we are all unique and quirky. Embrace your idiosyncrasies and make them work for you.

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  1. Reblogged this on Iconography β™  Incomplete and commented:
    Skillfully brilliant poem by Tosha. Love everything about it. It hinges on all the pins and needles of our daily lives. It makes sense and means the best. It’s depiction of sadness is very beautifully done. But also the stamina and endurance of someone who can live with a bastard


  2. You are a tremendous talent. When reading this, I felt compelled to buy a couple a bottles of fine French wine and drink with you in some southern cafe with a piano player and an open mike.

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  3. Tosha, this poem is brilliant!

    How your verbs like to
    punch and scream.
    There’s never any lapse
    in your open mic night of the insane.

    Excellent metaphors and wonderful structure of your work.

    What inspired this amazing poem? The ending brought be in wow!

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  4. Your poetic skill knows no limits, Tosha. Each and every poem you write manages to display your strong command of language (figurative and literal) and flows so perfectly. What a natural you are!! Kudos on weaving metaphor after metaphor in this brilliant piece!

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      1. I know I sound like a broken record, but it’s true πŸ™‚ Thank you, so much for your support as well. πŸ™‚ xo

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      2. I think I just heard my heart sigh as I read your beautiful words. So happy I am that my words can but reduce your doubt. Believe it, my friend, you are one hello of a poet. πŸ™‚

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